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- 🇨🇳 Is China’s global development drive a ‘win-win’ or colonialism? December 11, 2019
- Rep. Ro Khanna Urges “Universal Condemnation” of Trump as Democrats File Impeachment Charges December 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg Named Time’s Person Of The Year | Morning Joe | MSNBC December 11, 2019
- Thunberg: “I could never have imagined anything like that happening” December 11, 2019
- During Afghan war, lack of U.S. knowledge yielded a flawed strategy December 11, 2019
- What a ‘sobering’ report on Arctic ice loss means for global sea levels December 11, 2019
- The Science Behind Our Climate Emergency in the Oceans: COP25 Madrid: Part 1 & 2 December 11, 2019
- Protesters at COP25 Continue Demands for Urgent Action: “You Can’t Drink O il, Keep It in the Soil!” + Thousands Protest Australian Government’s Inaction a s Smoke from Wildfires Blankets Sydney December 11, 2019
- Billionaire Presidential Hopeful Mike Bloomberg Addresses Press at COP25 But Won’ t Take Questions December 11, 2019
- COP25 UN Secretary-General December 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg’s speech at UN climate change conference December 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg denounces world leaders’ “creative PR” in climate flight at UN summit December 11, 2019
- Live from #COP25: High-Level Event on Global #ClimateAction December 11, 2019
- The Richest Countries in the World by Total National Net Worth December 11, 2019
- Top Countries by Military Budget (Military expenditures) 1900 to 2018 December 11, 2019
- Top Wheat Producing Countries 1960 to 2019 December 11, 2019
- Top Countries by CO₂ Emissions per Capita 1950 to 2018 December 11, 2019
- Top Countries by Electricity Consumption per Capita December 11, 2019
- Top Solar Energy Producing Countries 1983 to 2018 December 11, 2019
- Highest Wind Energy Producing Countries 1985 to 2018 December 11, 2019
- Top Rice Producing Countries 1960 to 2019 December 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year for 2019 – BBC News December 11, 2019
- China marks 18 years of membership in the WTO, Beijing condemns U.S. “obstruction” December 11, 2019
- Urban Food Agenda – International Consultation December 11, 2019
- #EPlenary session: #EUGreen Deal December 11, 2019
- ‘Sensitivity readers’, a new must in the US publishing world? December 11, 2019
- Afghan war: 20 years of deliberate disinformation by US officials – report December 11, 2019
- Climate change: Greenland ice melt ‘is accelerating’ – BBC News December 10, 2019
- Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (The History of NYC Series) : Edwin G. Burrows, Mike Wallace December 10, 2019
- The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865: Mark Peterson December 10, 2019
- Chris Hayes On WaPo’s Afghanistan Papers: ‘End The War Now’ | All In | MSNBC December 10, 2019
- Exclusive: A secret history of the war in Afghanistan, revealed December 10, 2019
- Explosive investigative report says U.S. government misled public on war in Afghanistan December 9, 2019
- Voting Is a Direct Action | Extinction Rebellion December 9, 2019
- Climate Stories December 9, 2019
- The Netherlands from above – E8/10 – Where is the danger? December 9, 2019
- What the lowlands can teach about warding off high water December 9, 2019
- Remember that Old New York Was Once New Amsterdam: The Dutch Roots of American Pluralism December 9, 2019
- Charles Gehring, “1664 letter” December 9, 2019
- New Netherland — the best kept secret in American history | Charles Gerhring | TEDxHudson December 9, 2019
- Admissions scandal unfolding at Harvard University December 9, 2019
- FULL SHOW: China’s oil & gas take ‘great leap forward’ December 9, 2019
- The Real Adam Smith: Morality and Markets December 9, 2019
- How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary December 9, 2019
- Masters of Money Karl Marx December 9, 2019
- Can the trauma of colonialism be inherited? | The Stream December 9, 2019
- Trump’s EPA Attacks Our Clean Water December 9, 2019
- Climate change: 1.9 billion people rely on natural ‘water towers’ – BBC News December 9, 2019
- At Major March in Madrid, Indigenous & Youth Activists Slam Global Leaders for Climate Inaction December 9, 2019
- Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron & BP Could Be Legally & Morally Liable for Climate Crisis in Philippines December 9, 2019
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?